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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Owen Livingston hopes to present a carry to P.E.I. households who should journey out of the province for medical care however can’t afford the price of journey.
The 13-year-old Cornwall teenager, who has a ardour for aviation and fundraising, was scanning the Web at some point in April and got here throughout an internet site for Hope Air, a Canadian group that gives help with journey prices and accomodations.
He instantly determined to lift cash.
“Immediately, I assumed it will make a tremendous fundraiser for me as a result of it ties into what I like to do,’’ Owen stated in an interview with SaltWire June 14 on the Charlottetown Airport the place he was taking photos of plane taking off and touchdown. “I assumed it will be a tremendous factor to contribute to.’’
The son of Kent and Cynthia Livingston raised $1,387 for Hope Air. He was set handy over the cash as a part of a information convention on the airport on June 7. Hope Air is conducting a cross-country tour this month – Give Hope Wings Expedition – to lift cash and consciousness and was scheduled to cease in Charlottetown, however the deliberate cease was cancelled as a result of smoke within the air from wildfires in Quebec and Ontario restricted air journey.
Cynthia stated they’re each disenchanted extra consideration is not going to be drawn to Hope Air because of the cancelled cease, however the group will nonetheless get the cash Owen raised.
“It would assist Islanders get off-Island to appointments,’’ Cynthia stated. “Should you have been needing to take a toddler to the IWK (in Halifax) it would pay your bridge go or for lodging, for instance. It may also pay for air fare to Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John or Toronto. It bridges the hole between residence and hospital.’’
“The actual fact they elevate cash for individuals who can’t afford to fly for medical (journeys) is why I selected this fundraiser,’’ stated Owen, who used social media to lift the cash
The Cornwall teenager stated all of Hope Air’s pilots volunteer their time and their plane however famous there aren’t a number of pilots who fly for the group in Atlantic Canada.
Cali Odorizzi, director of occasions for Hope Air, stated this act of generosity Owen is displaying at such a younger age means he’s a task mannequin for others.
“He’s a beneficiant supporter of Hope Air’s mission to supply free flights for sufferers in want,’’ Odorizzi stated in an e mail to SaltWire on June 14. “His fundraising efforts for the Give Hope Wings program raises consciousness about Hope Air’s providers amongst his friends and group.’’
Cynthia stated she isn’t stunned Owen determined to assist Hope Air.
“I believe he’s a reasonably superior man,’’ Cynthia stated. “He has at all times been empathetic this manner, to assist people who find themselves marginalized ultimately.’’
Have to know
• To request a flight, or to refer somebody for a flight, name Hope Air at 1-877-346-4673 (toll-free).
Following is details about Owen Livingston:
• 13 years previous.
• Son of Kent and Cynthia Livingston of Cornwall.
• Grade 7 pupil on the Mount Academy in Charlottetown.
• Passions are aviation, images and fundraising.
• Observe him on TikTok and Instagram @yyg_owen.
Dave Stewart is a reporter with SaltWire in Prince Edward Island. He will be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @DveStewart